Dedicated to Rob Meyers, former department head of Physical
Education and Recreation, this "pocket of paradise"
is devoted to all people who want to escape their busy lives
for a short moment. The niche was created in an interdisciplinary
effort of Landscape Architecture, Art & Design, and Ornamental
"A sanctuary set apart for leisure
and contemplation, where nature and identity unite to foster
renewal of mind, body, and soul."
- The Pocket of Paradise Founders
One main attraction to this simple garden is the
glass pyramid centerpiece (shown above). This pyramid was made
to reflect the images of the surrounding garden to create a beautiful,
relaxing atmosphere. It was designed and constructed by George
Jercich. Professor Jercich teaches studio art courses at Cal Poly,
including a glass studio course.
However, in order for this garden to come alive,
Dale Sutliff and Carolyn Shank dedicated the 1993-94 school year
to the construction of this garden. They recruited a group of
40+ students to tackle the design and construction of this site:
- Fall Quarter
During Fall Quarter, the students enrolled in a special projects
class and began deciding where the site should be located.
Once they agreed on four potenital sites they had to obtain
campus approval to develop one of them. Luckily, Cal Poly
approved their first choice, located just across of Lucy's
Juice near the UU.
- Winter Quarter
Dreams became a reality as Winter Quarter emerged.
The students consolidated four separate designs, came up with
a final design and were able to get Cal Poly's approval. Landscape
and construction designs were completed during this three
- Spring Quarter
After nine months of working on this "pocket,"
the students were finally able to tear out the overgrown jungle,
regrade the land, and construct the beautiful garden. The
students formed groups in order to look at specific issues
such as irrigation, planting, lighting, paving, etc. Fundraising
also had to be done in order to raise the $20,000 needed for
this garden. People donated materials, plants, and most importantly
time. It took a solid two months, including weekends, just
to construct this garden in time for its Grand Opening.
The Grand Opening, scheduled for Memorial Day 1994 attracted
approximately 200 people including the principle doner from Hawaii,
singer/songrwiter Kris Kristofferson!
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